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Are you about to receive root canal therapy? If so, our Staten Island Dental Arts Center team is more than happy to give you the details you need to wash your nerves away and help you feel more comfortable in the dental chair.

Dr. Matthew Scaffa and our team believe that the more you know about this treatment, the better off you’ll be. So, to help you prepare for your root canal, we have provided the answers to the following questions:

What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure needed when the pulp or nerve of your tooth is infected or decayed. It’s very important to treat these problems because if you don’t, an abscess can form and your oral tissues will become damaged and infected. During your visit, your dentist will remove the pulp and nerve of your tooth, clean the tooth, and fill the tooth with a dental filling. If necessary, he will provide additional support to the tooth by covering it with a dental crown.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
There are many signs that can mean that a root canal is needed, including:

-Severe pain when applying pressure to the tooth
-Tooth discoloration
-Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
-Swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums
-A persistent pimple on the nearby gums

How painful is a root canal?
Many people think root canal therapy is extremely painful, but that is not the case. Root canal therapy is no more painful than placing a dental filling and it is less painful than the pain you experienced before the treatment.

What can I expect after a root canal?
You can expect soreness after your treatment, which is completely normal. The tenderness is caused by natural tissue inflammation. This should only last a few days. To dull the discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication. You should be able to return to your normal activities the day after your treatment is completed.

If you would like to know more or if you have additional questions that were not included in this blog, please feel free to call (718) 948 4393 today and talk to our dental team. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have about root canal treatment in Staten Island, New York!